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Executive Recruiting

Executive Recruiter

The Executive Recruiter is fully responsible for owning and executing executive searches across all business functions/geographies. They are a highly motivated individual who works to create a positive experience for candidates and hiring teams. They are a dynamic team member who owns and drives executive searches across the engineering, sales and business operations functions, identify amazing candidates, improve existing hiring practices, and deliver exceptional customer service. GitLab strives to be a preferred employer and relies on all members of the Recruiting Team to act as brand ambassadors by embodying the company values and identifying those values in potential team members. The Executive Recruiter is dedicated to helping build a qualified, diverse, and motivated team as we scale, they are well-versed in all aspects of an executive search including creative candidate sourcing, candidate generation and development, client management and offer extension/negotiation.

Job Grade

The Executive Recruiter is a grade 7.


  • Conducting research to map target companies and the right candidates for GitLab
  • Creating robust search strategies that will identify and attract the best and brightest
  • Serving as GitLab’s expert for leadership recruiting, including working on continuous company and talent mapping in key areas for the company.
  • Developing innovative ways to raise the bar on how GitLab recruits senior talent.
  • Developing those prospects into candidates, engaging them and performing assessment/screening
  • Continually contributing to the knowledge base of the Recruiting Team and to GitLab as a whole, by providing education on relevant industries and talent pools/profiles
  • Building out talent networks and tapping knowledgeable industry sources to develop an ongoing pool of candidates
  • Leading client update meetings on active searches
  • Conducting interviews/reference checks and presenting/negotiating employment offers on behalf of GitLab.
  • Partnering with hiring executives to calibrate on talent and providing strategic guidance/advice.
  • Develop search strategies, conduct research, perform thorough assessments and present slates of qualified candidates.


  • 10+ years experience recruiting at all levels, preferably in a global capacity within the software industry. A blend of in-house and search firm/agency experience is preferred.
  • Proven success in owning and successfully executing executive roles at scale for top-tier tech companies.
  • Focused on delivering an excellent candidate experience
  • Ambitious, efficient and stable under tight deadlines and competing priorities
  • Remote working experience in a technology startup will be an added advantage
  • Ability to build global relationships with managers and colleagues across multiple disciplines and timezones
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills across all levels
  • Willingness to learn and use software tools including Git and GitLab
  • College / University degree in Marketing, Human Resources or related field from an accredited institution preferred
  • Successful completion of a background check.
  • Share our values, and work in accordance with those values.
  • Ability to use GitLab

Performance Indicators

Hiring Process

Candidates for this position can expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find their job title on our team page.

  • Qualified candidates will be invited to schedule a 25-minute screening call with the VP of Recruiting,
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a 25-minute call with a Recruiting Manager,
  • Then, candidates will be invited to schedule 50-minute interviews with the Cheif Financial Officer (CFO), Cheif People Officer (CPO), Cheif Revenue Officer (CRO) and the VP or Engineering,
  • Finally, candidates will be invited to a 50-minute interview with the CEO

As always, the interviews and screening call will be conducted via a video call. See more details about our interview process here.

Career Ladder

The next step in the Executive Recruiting job family is to move to a management role in the Recruiting job family.

Compensation Calculator

To find out more about the compensation for this role, please apply to a role first. Once selected for a screening call, you'll be able to sign up here to view our compensation calculator. Be sure to use the same email address for both.

About GitLab

GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open-source project. GitLab is a community project to which over 2,200 people worldwide have contributed. We are an active participant in this community, trying to serve its needs and lead by example. We have one vision: everyone can contribute to all digital content, and our mission is to change all creative work from read-only to read-write so that everyone can contribute.

We value results, transparency, sharing, freedom, efficiency, self-learning, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, inclusion and belonging, boring solutions, and quirkiness. If these values match your personality, work ethic, and personal goals, we encourage you to visit our primer to learn more. Open source is our culture, our way of life, our story, and what makes us truly unique.

Top 10 Reasons to Work for GitLab:

  1. Mission: Everyone can contribute
  2. Results: Fast growth, ambitious vision
  3. Flexible Work Hours: Plan your day so you are there for other people & have time for personal interests
  4. Transparency: Over 2,000 webpages in GitLab handbook, GitLab Unfiltered YouTube channel
  5. Iteration: Empower people to be effective & have an impact, Merge Request rate, We dogfood our own product, Directly responsible individuals
  6. Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging: A focus on gender parity, Team Member Resource Groups, other initiatives
  7. Collaboration: Kindness, saying thanks, intentionally organize informal communication, no ego
  8. Total Rewards: Competitive market rates for compensation, Equity compensation, global benefits (inclusive of office equipment)
  9. Work/Life Harmony: Flexible workday, Friends and Family days
  10. Remote Done Right: One of the world's largest all-remote companies, prolific inventor of remote best practices

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